NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - How important is it to work during college? Is it the money, the experience, or just a desire to keep busy? The answer may be all three.
Responsibility sent Calvin Roberts III to fill out an application with Sonic. The 25-year-old history major is hoping his prior restaurant management experience may give him an edge in landing a very important part time job.
"My family consists of my 21-year-old wife, my 7-year-old daughter, and my 2-year-old daughter," Roberts said. "I'm going to have a son toward the end of the month. My wife has been earning the income while I've been going to school, but she's going to have to take time off."
Other job applicants are looking for experience thru their part-time job.
"I'm trying to start up my own freelance advertising business because I know how to build websites, and portfolios, and I have my own camera and editing software," said Gracy Kheshtinejad, a job hunter from Stephen F. Austin State University.
Then there are those wanting extra income.
"Simply to help mom and dad out with the bills or they're not wanting to go into so much debt," said David Gehreks, the assistant director of SFA Career Services.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 41 percent of full-time college students in the U.S. in 2011 worked while they were enrolled.
Stephen Darville, a Kentucky Fried Chicken general manager, employs college workers.
"Right now, about a quarter of my staff is SFA students," Darville said. "I'm hoping to get that a little bit higher."
Studies show it's not where you work, but how often you work while in college. The Tutor Doctor keeps that in mind.
"Working with Tutor Doctor they get to make their own schedule, so they work whatever hours they feel comfortable working," said Misty Owens, the co-owner of Tutor doctor.
That's convenient for any part-time worker, but it's especially beneficial to someone like Roberts, who will be juggling school, a family, and work in just a few weeks.
Research shows those students who work a reasonable number of hours are more likely to than other students, even those who don't work, to earn their degree.